Who Has Need of Me?

Many of my friends are near my age (some refer to that as “the golden years”) so maybe they have wondered, as have I, what God has in mind for me now? I have accepted that I cannot be as heavily involved as I was used to being in the past. My head says “yes”, but my body says, “you’ve got to be kidding!” Recently a particular passage of scripture captured my attention (Luke 19:34). Jesus was approaching Jerusalem and he sent a couple of his disciples into the city to bring Him a donkey. He said, “If anyone asks ‘Why are you untying the donkey?’ say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’ ” I loved that phrase–“Because the Lord has need of it!” As I thought more about approaching this particular season of life, I had to ask myself, “Does the Lord still have need of me?” Have you ever asked yourself that question, no matter what your age or station in life? Well, the answer, of course is YES! He always needs something or someone to get His work done. My work may be one single act of service, or an activity that I can do that will fully occupy my coming years. It may be an opportunity to share my faith, to intercede for someone, or to love someone through quiet acts of mercy, friendly visits, or to simply extend a small courtesy. In the meantime, I know I must “actively wait”–preparing myself through prayer, Bible reading and quiet listening–ready for the moment when I am nudged that “the Lord has need of me.”

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